Focal Therapy With Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer Effective, Causes Few Side Effects, Study Suggests

Focal Therapy With Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer Effective, Causes Few Side Effects, Study Suggests
Focal therapy with high-intensity focused ultrasound is effective in the medium term and rarely causes urinary or rectal side effects in patients with clinically significant localized prostate cancer, a large, multicenter study shows. The study, “A Multicentre Study of 5-year Outcomes Following Focal Therapy in Treating Clinically Significant Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer,” was published in the journal European Urology. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a new prostate cancer treatment technology, cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, that involves the use of high-frequency ultrasound waves to heat and destroy cancer cells in the prostate, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. As opposed to performing radiotherapy, surgery, or cryotherapy<
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